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Getting A Job After Rehab

If you are reentering the workforce after a successful stint in rehab, congratulations! You are taking the first step towards reclaiming your life purpose as you embark on the next chapter in your personal journey.

That said, managing the delicate balancing act of sticking with rehab while remaining committed to the job search can seem overwhelming in the best of times. This guide provides insightful tips on how to strike that perfect balance you need to land a job while staying clean and committed to rehabilitation.

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5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Sober in Utah

St. Patrick’s Day is a fabulous holiday when people let their hair down, celebrate their ethnic heritage and throw a big parade. Many people feel the temptation to drink during this time. If you would rather avoid drinking and maintain your sobriety, you will find lots of ways to celebrate without the need for alcohol. Cast aside the green beer just as St. Patrick cast out the snakes from Ireland. Embrace the delight that is Irish culture without the booze.

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Benefits of Marriage Counseling

Some do it, but few talk about it.  MARRIAGE COUNSELING.  Some may think that going to therapy sessions or receiving counseling means something is wrong with them.  In truth, however, couples therapy can be very beneficial to your relationship.  Relationships are complex and require many skills that we are not just born with. We have all heard the saying, ‘Nothing worth having is ever easily attained.’  This statement can ring a bell for those couples who are suffering from strained communication, unbalanced responsibility, either financial or child rearing, sexual frustrations, chemical dependency, co-dependency, etc. Don’t be ashamed to get professional help, your marriage may depend on it.

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Tips to Beat Holiday Depression and Anxiety

[ffb_param route=”o gen text”]Even the happiest people sometimes experience holiday blues. With so many things to juggle at once, it’s not uncommon to feel down during the “most wonderful time of the year.” Especially for those prone to depression and anxiety, November and December can be particularly difficult to navigate with a smile.

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5 Reasons To Be Thankful While In Recovery

The Importance of Gratitude in Recovery

If you are in recovery, negative thoughts may try to plague your life. These types of thoughts can make you feel as if your life isn’t going anywhere, and can ultimately hurt your recovery process. This is why being thankful is important. Being thankful is about focusing on the good things in your life; the things that make you happy and make your life feel full. A positive attitude has been shown to help those in recovery not only recover faster, but also reduce the chances of relapse. Why? Those who are thankful and positive often:

  • Have friends that pull equal weight in the relationship
  • Have better outlook on the future,
  • Tend to be in less interpersonal conflict
  • Have Less Stress
  • Are less self-absorbed
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Addiction Is Not You, It’s Your Cage

For 100 years, the so called “war on drugs” has waged. Thousands and thousands of people have lost their lives, few of that number being actual addicts. Billions have been spent, yet the rates of addiction and drug sales are going nowhere but up—Why? Every day in Utah, another loved one of an addict finds themselves asking that question, “Why?” It is the same question asked by the world renowned author of the book “Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari, when she set out on her eye-opening 30,000 mile journey around the globe to find the answer. What she found was astonishing. Everything that society has been taught, everything that people think they know and everything that is believed about the “war on drugs,” as well as addiction, is wrong.

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How to Rebuild Trust Once It’s Been Broken

Trust is one of the most important aspects of healthy relationships. When our spouse cheats on us or our best friend throws us under the bus, we’re left with tons of questions and doubts about our relationship. Why would this person we thought we could trust lie to us? Is that the first time they’ve lied, or have they lied about other things? We often wonder if we’ll be able to trust them again or if we’ll always wonder whether they’re really being honest with us. When we’re the ones who have betrayed our loved one’s trust, we might feel as though our relationship is doomed, no matter how sorry we feel for our actions or words.

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5 Things About Addiction That May Surprise You

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain. It causes changes in the neural pathways that remember the pleasures of activities such as eating, sex, alcohol and drug use, gambling, etc. When triggered, these pleasurable memories cause an overwhelming desire to repeat the experience. Without the proper skills to overcome this desire, and without dealing with the root causes of the issues that led to the addictions to begin with, it’s easy to fall into the cycle of addiction. After all, pleasure is a hard thing to resist.

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From Addict to Iron Man: The Transformation of Robert Downey Jr.

When he was just eight years old, Robert Downey Jr.’s father introduced him to drugs. It did not take long for Robert Downey Jr. to become addicted.

Robert Downey Jr. was born in April of 1965. His father, Robert Downey Sr., was an avant-garde film director with a passion for social issues. Downey Senior was also enthusiastic about drugs. In the 1988 book The New Breed, Downey said he grew up in a house where there were a lot of drugs just lying around. Unlike most households of the time where fathers and sons bonded over baseball or cars, the Downey family shared a love of acting and a passion for drugs.

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